Copperhead Copper Plant
Acalypha wilkesiana 'Copperhead'
Copperhead Copper Plant foliage
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Height: 5 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Copperleaf, Jacob's Coat, Wilkes' Acalypha
Brand: Hort Couture
This impressive variety displays densely arranged, large glossy leaves in shades of copper, salmon red, and burgundy with dark bronze highlights; a stunning accent for the garden or patio containers
Copperhead Copper Plant's attractive large serrated heart-shaped leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning salmon in color with showy burgundy variegation and tinges of dark brown the rest of the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Copperhead Copper Plant is a multi-stemmed annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Copperhead Copper Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Copperhead Copper Plant will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.
Copperhead Copper Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.